Thursday, December 15, 2011

A short goodbye.

Remember how I used to blog all the time? I liked it. And now? I feel like I never have time for it. And I think most people would rather that I keep up on posting about my son, so that blog sees more action - as in once a month, which isn't impressive in the least.

I think I may just start this whole thing over again and leave this blog where it is. Here. With nothing more but this post.

Thanks to everyone for following along with my life these past years and through the birth of our son.

I'll let you know when the new blog is up at 'em.

I did it.
And now I do it, here:

Friday, August 12, 2011

Spread Thin

August 12th, 2011...The last post (where I imagined that the posts would become more regular) was on November 14th, 2010.

At least an entire year hasn't gone by.

At this moment, I feel spread out online.
Personal Email Accounts = 3
Google +
Work Email Accounts = 4

Yes, a lot of these are linked, and that works out well, but a lot of them aren't and it makes it super hard to do anything on them. I need to take a hard look at where I spend my time and what things I invest in for my online presence.

For now, they'll all stay active, and when I get a moment to think about them, well, maybe I'll start deleting things.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Where we're at

Life has changed.

November has been a busy month, full of our very tightly packed schedules and very full adventures. The husband started his new job at the beginning of the month and it has proved to be, well, interesting. He heads to work at 5 pm on Friday night and arrives back home at 5pm on Sunday night. He gets a 4 hour break during his shift, which he takes on Saturday from 3pm to 7pm, so we can have dinner as a family, and he can put Rockford to sleep. But other than that, he doesn't get to leave work - for any reason. And so I've begun life as a single mother on the weekends.

-Rockford at seven months-

With Andy at work all weekend, it also means we don't have an entire day off together to spend as a family. And that I don't have a day off from work where I have him to help with the babe. It will be interesting to see how we all adapt. What will change? What will stay the same? What will morph into something we couldn't even imagine?

I assume these next couple of months will keep me busy with the holidays. My mom will visit for Thanksgiving, and we'll head South for Rockford's first Christmas. And then, before you know it he'll be turning ONE.

I think the blogs, both this one, and the one dedicated to the boy, will see more action. I'll get sewing, knitting and home projects done. I'll occupy myself with reading, and hobbies and housework and get through each weekend without a moment of boredom. We will dedicate days for lunch dates and nights for family time. We'll figure out time to be off work together, and to take time for us. We'll adapt.

-On a lunch date at our favorite Sushi place-

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CSA Details

We picked up our first CSA box of the season last night, and by 'we' I mean me and Rockford. Boxes started one week earlier and our farmer anticipates this season will last a few weeks longer than last year. Last year we picked up our last box the first week of December.

Last night, Scott mentioned that he still had boxes available for this season and that I should spread the word. So this is me doing that.

Up and Down CSA Farm
Scott Buttinghausen 541-434-9127 scottb1[at]

Our CSA farmer is unique in that he offers pay as you go billing. Most CSA's make you pay for the year up front...that's a lot of mullah all at once for vegetables! The farmer is still asking you to commit to purchasing the box all season, but the financial investment isn't so much up front. I think it's a win win.

Last year we ended up throwing stuff into our compost bin almost every week. But that was our fault. Poor planning and poor use of our abundant salad greens contributed to that. I will say though, if you're not into salad at all, this may not be the farm for you. Every week there's a large bag of mixed greens and potentially a head of lettuce or a bag of spinach too.

But, as the season went on we learned to eat salad every day, and to have yummy new dressings or things to top them with. And I also started blanching items that would freeze, like tomatoes, peas, squash, and beets.

It's definitely an adjustment at first to cook or eat what you're given instead of what you pick out, but in the long run, we actually liked it much better. Every week when we'd get home and open the box it was an enjoyable surprise. Plus for $16/week it's way cheaper than going to Farmer's Market every week.

Pick ups are available Monday, Wednesday or Friday - either at the farm or at Monroe and Broadway Alley
Harvest Boxes come in two sizes: $16/week gets you 7-9 items, $26/week gets you the 7-9 plus 2-4 additional items not found in the smaller box

Scott, the farmer, has a brochure that lists specifics about this year's crops and more info about him and the farm. I'm trying to get a digital copy of it so I can post it here. If it comes I'll pass it along. But if you're really interested, don't be shy, just give him a call. He's a real nice guy.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Baby blogs and photographs have a new home

If you're like me and you can't get enough of our little boy, have no fear. You can find photographs, stories and videos of his little life at:

That's right. The boy has his own website.

Please note:
Some of the pages/posts will be password protected. So please let me know if you'd like the password. You only need one, it won't change from page to page or post to post, so let me know by emailing or leaving me a comment on this post with your contact info.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Commencing countdown

We had a tough couple of days this past week. I cried. Kind of a lot. At least for me.

The boy is growing, and thus, eating...every hour on the hour, for 30 to 45 minutes each time and then dozing for 15-20 before waking, with a dry diaper and crying until the next feeding started - meaning until I could whip it out and stick it in.

And then relief hit. Friday was a great day. He nursed for a good 20-25 minutes on each side and then slept...for real amounts of time - at least an hour, and then woke up happy, or slightly irritated cause of a wet diaper, he was awake and alert, nursed again like he'd done before and then hit dreamland. I felt spoiled.

Then last night he slept for just under 6 hours. The only trouble was it started right before 9pm, so we stayed up - obviously- and waiting for him to wake in a couple of hours before hitting dreamland ourselves. But time wore on and he didn't stir. I can't say I regret it though. I haven't cuddled with my husband on the couch without "something" between us in a really long time. I even fell asleep in his arms. A moment I will cherish as they are few and far between.

The tough times are only tough in the moment, and when they're over we're over it and on to the next moment. We're learning and adapting and hopefully becoming better parents every day. Rockford is amazing. We are so in love and blessed to have him in our care.

I can't believe he's been alive less than two weeks. He really is super.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ch ch ch changes...

Things sure are changing around here, and we couldn't be happier.

The office has now become the Man Cave, since both the boy and the man of the house have furniture and fart in here.

Our seating has changed too, and if I'm at home, you can be sure the boppie and a burp cloth are near by. That thing is genius and even though we haven't had a need for the burp cloth yet, I can bet that the day I don't have it near will be the first day he spits up all over me.

And of course, here's an adorable photo of the boy.

The story goes, he woke up fussing, way too early for his nap to be over, so my mom took him in to change his diaper - typically a wet diaper is the ONLY thing that will wake him from a nap early. She set him on the changing table, in the warm sun and he stretched out and fell back asleep. I just happened to capture him mid dream smile.

Sometimes he likes to be bundled up, sometimes he'd rather stretch out and relax in the sun. He's a boy of many moods.